With a bit of technique and pre-planning, it's pretty amazing how much stuff you can actually carry, safely and non-exhaustingly, in a backpack. On the other side of the coin, it's also true that you need almost as much stuff for a single night in the backcountry as you do for a weekend trip. The gear doesn't change much for one night or seven... just add some more food, first aid supplies, and you're off.
This year, the cartographic department at National Geographic celebrates its 100th anniversary. And this write-up by Cathy Newman, and its choice image selections, is one of the more fascinating things you'll read this week. Especially for lovers of graphics and all things travel.
If you've ever considered backpacking around the world, or are simply interested in economic travel-packing, then this post is for you.
There's something about a custom trailer that can't be imitated by fiberglass and plastic. This inspiring look at a custom teardrop trailer build will have you looking for a spot in the shop big enough to make your own.
Years ago I used to cruise over to the coast to getaway and enjoy the ocean. During those trips I'd turn into a vagabond, living out of my car with the seats folded down and trunk popped.
Nettles grow just about anywhere that's left alone long enough, which is why it's great to learn about their multiple uses. This photographic tutorial from Nature's Secret Larder shows you how to easily weave tight cords in the wild for things like twine and fishing wire.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first Matternhorn climb, the Mammut team headed to the top of the legendary Alpine summit equipped with bright red lights.
With fall in the air, it's best to enjoy the season around a blazing fire. This awesome piece of wood is a portable bonfire that's easy to transport and provides a nice solid fire, perfect for chilly nights.
The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping, and yet most men don't feel they have the availability to take the time and experience it in full. But that doesn't have to be the case. Here's an article written by Alastair Humphreys – famed adventurer, author, motivational speaker, and National Geographic's 2013 Explorer of the Year – championing the concept of the 'microadventure.'
Don't let the back-to-school sales fool you, there's still plenty of summer left. And campfire season lasts well into the autumn, and weather permitting, can make cool winter nights bearable, allowing you to hang out outside even when it gets dark at 4:30 in the afternoon.
One of the single most direct ways to get outside more this summer, take more trips, and spend more time exploring: take less stuff. After all, the point of hiking, camping, and backpacking is to get away from material things in the first place. And whether you want to spend a few nights in the woods, or tackle a specific, well-loved thru-hiking route - you don't need 75 lbs worth of stuff on your back (and your feet) to do it.
For Werner, it all began with a trip to the lake. He recalls, "We were lured by a friend who had a sailboat with the promise of a nice lake with sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and a nice camping site. Everything was true but the wind, the frogs, the huge biting flies, and a massive category-five thunderstorm that soaked us inside the tent. My wife said that she had had it with the tent and unless I found something else to camp in, she was out."
So, Werner hit the internet to see if he could devise a solution to protect from the creatures and the natural elements while still enjoying the experience of outdoor recreation.
It's the season of campfires: whether in your own backyard fire bowl, a rock ring at a weekend getaway to the lake, or a (designated) spot in a backcountry trail. And the best way to get them started? One match, and a guaranteed source of fuel.
If you've spent any amount of time on the DIY or design blogosphere, you've likely seen plenty of these vintage camper rehab projects, where an old shabby Airstream or bus becomes some usable live/work/travel space for some enterprising young individuals ready to go on an adventure.
Backpacker Bill Passman has a goal. An understandable goal for any adventure traveler: he wants to visit every country on Earth, and see what there is to see.
"A clear head will find itself," begins the "What to Do When Lost in the Woods" flyer published by the U.S. Forest Service, published in 1946. It continues, "finding oneself is a test of a man..." and as you read, you realize that, yes, these are pretty good tips for finding oneself actually lost in the woods, but are equally applicable
For centuries, burning wood and tinder were basically the only means of cooking food (and heating one's home, and boiling water, and all sorts of other stuff.) The wood served as fuel, generating heat, thereby turning raw ingredients into completed dishes.